Course: Introduction / Law
A standard of proof (also called an evidentiary standard or standard of evidence) is the degree of proof required for certain legal outcomes.
In criminal cases, prosecutors must prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to get a conviction.
Searches and seizures by law enforcement require probable cause.
The majority of civil lawsuits require proof by a preponderance of the evidence (50 percent plus), but in some, the standard is higher and requires clear and convincing proof.
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